(Victor Valley)–It’s official! MWA is one of 25 applicants approved for funds from the SAFE DRINKING WATER, WATER QUALITY AND SUPPLY, FLOOD CONTROL, RIVER AND COSTAL PROTECTION BOND ACT OF 2006–otherwise known as Proposition 84. MWA will receive $8 million as part of the Colorado River region and $2 million as part of Lahontan.
Proposition 84 provides funding for projects that assist local public agencies meet long term water needs of the state including the delivery of safe drinking water and the protection of water quality and the environment. Of the close to $205 million awarded in Round 1, $92 million goes to agencies in Southern California.
MWA projects to receive the Prop 84 funds are:
• Joshua Basin Water District Recharge Basin and Pipeline Project
• Hi-Desert Water District Wastewater Treatment and Water Reclamation Project
• Mojave Water Agency Turf Removal Conservation Incentive Program
All three projects have received widespread stakeholder endorsements from throughout our 4,900 square mile service area as each project has been adopted as part of the Agency’s Regional Water Management Plan. Each project also targets economically disadvantaged communities.
On November 7, 2006, voters passed the $5.4 billion dollar Proposition 84 by 53.9 percent. Plans are underway to have a “Water Bond” on the 2012 ballot.